ReR Recommends: A different kind of Fourth of July playlist

Life in America is as sweet as apple pie. But then you get a traffic ticket in the mail. Or a government policy steps on your toes. The bellowy “Proud to Be An American” anthem is fine and dandy, but that’s not always reality. When you want to express discontent, this is the playlist for you. Discontent transcends sub-genres of punk. These 11 tracks span 25 minutes: ‘Merican – Descendents American – T.S.O.L (True Sounds Of Liberty) 4th of July – U.S. Bombs Baby, I’m An Anarchist! – Against Me! Stars And Stripes – Circle Jerks America – Sick Of It … Continue reading ReR Recommends: A different kind of Fourth of July playlist

Instaglasses concept would give you Instagram vision

Reality isn’t always glamorous. Sometimes scattered papers on a desk or bland vegetables on a plate are nothing more than soul-crushing reminders of a mundane life. But they don’t have to be. Instagram, the explosively popular app Facebook bought for $1 billion proved photos of just about anything with filters applied could be deemed share worthy by more than 50 million users. The app served as inspiration for Instaglasses: sunglassses that would filter from a person’s point of view, not an iPhone. Berlin designer Markus Gerke created concept sunglasses that allow the wearer to shuffle between popular filters on the … Continue reading Instaglasses concept would give you Instagram vision

Rhyme et Reason Recommends: Punk Covers en español

“Punk is dead” is just noise where it thrives in Latin America, Germany, Russia and many other places and cultures. Open the Spotify playlist to listen to some Spanish and Spanglish covers of well-known punk songs in English. First up is a cover of Police Truck by The Broken Toys, a punk band from Argentina. I think this version is even better than the original by the Dead Kennedys. (DK isn’t exactly known for traditional music excellence, but that’s part of the reason why we love ’em.) It’s sung in English, and there is only a slightly detectable accent. Next, 2 … Continue reading Rhyme et Reason Recommends: Punk Covers en español

Pat Sajack is a total dick

Pat Sajack is host of America’s favorite game show, and he’s kind of an asshole. I’m not talking about how he admitted to hosting Wheel of Fortune while he was drunk. It’s his sober behavior that bothers me, a glaring minority of a viewer as a 22-year-old who tunes in nearly every night. Here’s why: He doesn’t believe in you Revel in your lucky moment of landing on the elusive $1,000,000 slot on the wheel for half a second because that’s how long you have until Pat reminds you that there’s “a long road ahead” to actually win it. Here’s … Continue reading Pat Sajack is a total dick

Punk monk compares music culture with Zen Buddhism

Who knew Buddhism was so punk? Ex-bassist of the ’80s hardcore punk band Zero Defex Brad Warner writes of his journey from clueless college student to ordained Buddhist priest in Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality. Warner explains the basics of Zen Buddhism along the way by drawing parallels to punk music and culture and his fascination with bad Japanese monster films. Some fundamentals of Buddhism and punk are not so different: The last thing Buddha told his followers before he died was this: “Question authority.” Actually, if you look it up, you might see … Continue reading Punk monk compares music culture with Zen Buddhism

Lyrid meteor shower tonight!

Stop whatever you’re doing later tonight and look up! The show should be a good one because the moon is around a “new” phase, which means the side facing the Earth isn’t illuminated and won’t interfere with the view. The meteors vary in brightness from mid-range to as bright as Venus. Experts at say meteors will begin to appear in the northeastern sky at midnight local time, and the best time to watch is in the hours before dawn. Meteors are different than meteoroids because meteors let off a streak of light. The Lyrid meteor shower is a great opportunity … Continue reading Lyrid meteor shower tonight!